I hope you all read my tips on reducing your grocery bill - this works in conjunction with those tips. I can only tell you how our family achieve this – you might have some better ideas (if so – please share!!!) or tastes.
First of all – I only shop monthly – but in this instance I’ll do a fortnightly list for ease. So that’s $100 ($50 a week x two weeks). Now I’ll take $10 off that amount as we buy meat in bulk every 8 months or so – the fortnightly shop has to pay for that meat. I only buy what is in season. My Mum has a glut of eggs and citrus – so that’s something I’m lucky not to have to pay for. I buy my fruit & veggies separately from my normal shop (unless Aldi have them ridiculously cheap – which is often!).
1. Meal Planning
I plan my meals around what I have. My fortnightly list usually goes something like this:(ps – all kid friendly food – nothing fancy)
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Slowcooker Roast Chicken
Chicken Pasta. All are either served with veggies or have veggies in them.
I pack left overs for hubby to take to work. Myself and the kids usually have sandwiches. I’ll get to kids lunches further down. I do baking once a week and we enjoy that the morning teas etc.
Cereal or toast during the week. Crumpets on Saturday, Bacon & Eggs on Sunday.
2. Preparing the shopping list
I write my list up of all ingredients I NEED – for instance – I need pastry and cheese for the bacon & egg pie – but I have some left over in the freezer from last week…. You have to be flexible. That’s why the $50 will go over some weeks – for those kinds of incidentals.
- Meat: Bacon 1kg $7
- 2 whole Aldi Chickens $6.50 each = $13
- Chicken Legs $4
- Cherios $3
I already have mince and sausages from my bulk meat buy
- Big tin of apricots $2
- Spaghetti Noodles $1.50
- Rice Noodles $1
- Hokkein Noodles $2.50
- Sugar $2
- Flour $0.80c x 2 = $1.60
- Weetbix $4
- Butter (get the Black & Gold from IGA – $2.50 for 500g x 2) $5
- Small bag of popping corn $1
- Tin of condensed milk $1.50
- Tin of Evaporated milk $1.50
- Tins of crushed tomatoes x 3 $3
- Tomato soup $2
Fruit & Veggies (I purchase mine from the local markets):
- 1kg Onions $2
- Big Bag small apples $3
- Mushrooms $5
- Pears $3
- 4kg bag of brushed potatoes $4
- 1 pumpkin $3Frozen mixed vegies $3
Kids Lunches for school:
- Poppas from Aldi $2 for a pack of 6
- Fruit that is currently in season (see Fruit & Vege)
- Popcorn – make it yourself and pop it in a bag – keeps well and kids enjoy it!
- Go Gurts – yes they are expensive $5 – but you can FREEZE them for lunches (they are yogurts) and they fit into lunch boxes. Getting a large yogurt and putting dishing it out would work out even cheapers!
- Box of sultantas (then break up into little bags) $2.50
- Cherios on the weekends
GRAND TOTAL OF GROCERIES FOR THE FORTNIGHT: $88.10
You have enough ingredients above to make all those recipes – and do baking with whatever else you have in the cupboard!